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A 25-year-old Arizona man died at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston Sunday night after he was caught in crossfire in the 7500 block of North Clark Street in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

Chicago police say Shane Columbo of Sun City, Arizona, was walking in the block just south of the Evanston border about 8:25 p.m. when he was struck in the stomach by a bullet fired by two men exchanging shots on the street.


Update 6:25 p.m.: Northwestern University officials say Columbo was an incoming Ph.D. student in the school’s psychology program.

Graduate School Dean Teresa Woodruff, in an email to students, said Columbo had received his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and was moving to Chicago from New York, where he’d been doing research in a neuroscience lab at Columbia University.

NU President Morton Schapiro added, “There is no justification for such violence. As a university community we remain more resolved than ever to identify the causes of violence in our larger community — and to work toward solutions that will create a better life for all those within it.”

The school is making counseling services available to students in the wake of the homicide.

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